Torture and Prosecutorial Discretion As former President George W. Bush once noted, torture is illegal. Thatâs true under both international and US law. So those who order or engage in torture are, objectively speaking, criminals. The International Committee of the Red Cross found that the Bush administration tortured terrorism detainees to wring information out of them. President Obama ordered a halt to these practices. But will the US government hold the Bush administration accountable? If... Topics: torture, labor law, politics, Maryland, Blues, poetry, photography
Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich's 2007 budget proposes an increase for higher education of 14 percent, observes Stephen Elmore, director of the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute. But even with this hefty election year hike, Ehrlich has actually cut support for state universities and colleges since he took office, and tuition and fees have skyrocketed. (Host: Mark Cohen) Topics: budget, Maryland, higher education
Former US Attorney General Benjamin Civilietti, chair of Maryland Commission studying capital punishment in the state, describes the findings of his Commission that there are substantial racial and geographic disparities in the application of the death penalty,and that it is a costly and ineffective deterrent to homicide. Topics: death penalty, capital punishment, Maryland
MARYLAND'S BIG STEPS ON DEFICIT, HEALTH CARE AND SLOTS A look back on the Maryland General Assembly's recently completed Special Session and a look ahead to the 2008 Session with Senators Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) and Ullyses Currie (D-Dist.25) in which it raised certain taxes in order to offset a structural deficit and expand health insurance coverage. The legislature also agreed to a statewide referendum on legalizing video gambling (slots). (Host: Sen. Jamie Raskin D-Dist. 20) Topics: Maryland, slots, taxes, health, O'Malley
Politics commentator, historian, and author Allan Lichtman wants to occupy the US Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes. Lichtman is running to the Left of the leading Democratic candidates, Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume, arguing that there's too much government intruding in our private lives and too little government meeting our needs. (Host: Mark Cohen) Topics: Senate, Maryland, Democrat, Sarbanes, Mfume, Cardin
Email sleuthing Baltimore Sun reporter Tom Pelton offers a close up look at how Governor Robert Ehrlich handed over state environmental policy to Constellation Energy. (Host: Mike Tidwell) Topics: lobbying, energy policy, Constellation, Ehrlich, Maryland
On this edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: A look back on the Maryland General Assemblyâs recently completed Special Session and a look ahead to the 2008 Session with Senators Jamie Raskin and Ullyses Currie; a documentary on MRSA superbugâs devastation and the danger of antibiotic resistance with infectious diseases specialist Dr. John Powers; Reuben Jackson reviews poetry by Guantanamo detainees; Kyle Dargan offers a poem; artist Muriel Hasbun captures her familyâs odyssey; and Christmas music... Topics: Maryland, slots, taxes, superbug, MRSA, antibiotics, resistance, poetry, chorale, migration
WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE, IN THE NEXT HOURâ¦ TORTURE IS AGAINST THE LAWâ¦ IF ONE ADMINISTRATIONâS OFFICIALS NEVERTHELESS AUTHORIZE THE USE OF TORTUREâ¦ SHOULD THEY BE PROSECUTED THEIR SUCCESSORS ? WE ASK CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT PROF. STEPHEN VLADECKâ¦ PRIVATE SECTOR UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THE US HAS DIPPED BELOW 10% OF THE WORKFORCEâ¦ EMPLOYERS SAY THATâS BECAUSE WORKERS REJECT UNIONS. UNIONS COUNTER THAT ITâS BECAUSE LABOR LAW IS BROKENâ¦ AND THE... Topics: torture, prosecution, maryland, legislature, EFCA, unions, blues, poetry, photography
With hotly contested races for governor, US Senate and other offices this year in Maryland, we check in with the prior governor, Parris Glendening, for an extended discussion about who the strongest candidates are and who would make the best office holders. Glendening sizes up Doug Duncan, Martin OMalley, Ben Cardin, Kweisi Mfume, Michael Steele and others. Since leaving office, Glendening has been serving as president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. So we talk about sprawl and the... Topics: Maryland, politics, environment, gay marriage, immigration, mmusic, poetry, film, documentary
Gov. Ehrlich's Election Year Budget After successive years of spending cuts, and threatening further cuts unless the General Assembly supports the introduction of slot machines into Maryland, Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich now comes bearing gifts, proposing the largest state spending increases in a generation (and without having slots as a revenue source). The apparent big winners in the 2007 budget: Corrections officers and higher education. But wait: It's an election year and a good time to... Topics: budget, Maryland, Sojourners, politics, faith, gardening, invasive, native, poetry,...
US Senate candidate from Maryland Allan Lichtman; reporter Tom Pelton on who really controls Maryland's pollution policies; a working families agenda for Annapolis with Progressive Maryland's Tom Hucker; a photo essay on 911 and its aftermath; a multimedia pause and cheer for New Orleans with Chris Chandler; and poetry by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Grace Cavalieri. Topics: Senate, Maryland, Democrats, 911, Iraq, WMD, governor, lobbyist, Constellation, New Orleans,...